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Episode 17 – Arizona State Quarter – Grand Canyon

Arizona State Quarter
Grand Canyon

 

Arizona State Quarter Grand Canyon design has a prominent display of one of the grandest sites in the U.S.A.  Of the National Park Services sites, the Grand Canyon is one of the top ten most visited National Parks. It should be no surprise that it ranks very high.  Over four million people per year come to hike, kayak, camp and just admire, the canyons.

The canyon has a long history; one which includes Native Americans and Europeans. The Havasupai Tribe is one of 11 Native American tribes affiliated with the Grand Canyon.  Today, they are the only tribe which continues to live below the rim of the canyon.

There are eleven contemporary tribes which have cultural connections to the area, and their oral histories are rich with references to the creation of that great chasm, torrential river and life in the Grand Canyon. They are:

  • Havasupai Tribe – AZ
  • Hopi Tribe – AZ
  • Hualapai Tribe – AZ
  • Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians – AZ
  • Las Vegas Band of Paiute Indians – NV
  • Moapa Band of Paiute Indians – NV
  • Navajo Nation – AZ
  • Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah – UT
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe – AZ
  • The Pueblo of Zuni – NM
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation – AZ
European and American settlers explored the Grand Canyon and Colorado River taking great risk to learn more about what was then called “The Great Unknown.”  They were willing to “go all in” and risk  their lives to learn all they could about the mysterious canyon. They wanted to know more about the great power of the Colorado River and discover, and evaluate the  size of Grand Canyon. Lucky for us they also had a strong desire to  share its beauty and also its danger with the world. We are still inspired today by their adventurous spirit and millions of visitors come each year to explore the Grand Canyon, seeking to find and experience the Great Unknown.
The Arizona quarter also has the diagram of the Saguaro cactus.  While this well recognized cactus is not found in the Grand Canyon, Arizona does have many that grow in the desert areas. The saguaro cactus is a large tree-like cacti that develops branches or arms as they get older.  You may see some that have never grown arms or branches.  They are one of the most recognized cacti and have become a symbol of the west.  You’ll find them in the desert area where they need the right amount of temperature and water to grow.  You won’t find them at high altitudes where the weather is cold.  And, you might imagine, many of the desert animals love them for a delicious meals.
Learn more about the Arizona State Quarter and use the websites below to plan a trip that is sure to be “A Trip of A Lifetime!”
NPS.gov/GRCA
Museum of Northern Arizona – www.musnaz.org
Wupatki National Monument NPS.gov/wupa

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Arizona State Quarter Grand Canyon
Arizona State Quarter Grand Canyon
Saguaro Cacti
Arizona State Quarter Grand Canyon
Saguaro Cacti

 

Arizona State Quarter Grand Canyon
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